How much exercise do you get on an e-bike?

Set your assistance level and an electric bike can make your ride as easy or as hard as you want

Cube Kathmandu e-bike
(Image credit: Cube)


It’s easy to think that an electric bike will do all the work for you and that you won’t get the workout that you would on a pedal-only bike. But an e-bike is actually a great way to get fitter, as you can decide for yourself how much effort you want to put into your ride and select the e-bike’s assistance level accordingly.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.